NEWS

Financial prosecutors ask for claims to be examined

The two financial prosecutors who threatened to resign over alleged interference in their work have asked the Supreme Court to reopen the investigation into their claims.

Spyros Mouzakitis and Grigoris Peponis made the request in writing on Tuesday, only a couple of days after the Supreme Court closed the probe before either of the prosecutors had submitted any evidence or identified those who allegedly interfered in their investigations.

?There is no evidence that there was any intervention in their work … and no further investigation is needed,» the Supreme Court said in its ruling.

“Their resignations were impulsive and a result of extreme sensitivity and uncompromising dedication to their duty.”

However, Mouzakitis has suggested that Fotis Makris, the Supreme Court deputy prosecutor who was looking into their allegations, gave the two financial prosecutors five days to submit evidence but then concluded the investigation without hearing from them.

Peponis and Mouzakitis tendered their resignations after being informed that their duties, which include investigating major cases of tax evasion, would be passed to a Supreme Court prosecutor.

They withdrew their threat to step down after Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos scrapped these plans.

Questioned on Tuesday about the prosecutors’ claims, government spokesman Pantelis Kapsis said: «If there is any evidence, it has to be brought to light.”